oil http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Blunt Calls For End On Government 'War On Coal' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-calls-end-government-war-coal <p>When it comes to energy, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says that the federal government has taken the wrong approach for years.</p><p>“The refusal to acknowledge that we’re the Saudi Arabia of coal is a big mistake for us,” Blunt, R-Mo., told St. Charles County officials and business people gathered Thursday night at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>Instead, he said, “There’s a clear war on coal.”</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:55:07 +0000 Jo Mannies 33222 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Calls For End On Government 'War On Coal' Mo. Environmental Group Sues Army Corps Over Pipeline Project http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-environmental-group-sues-army-corps-over-pipeline-project <p><em><strong>Updated at 5:00 p.m.</strong></em></p><p>A St. Louis-based environmental group has <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201308/Complaintfiled.pdf">filed a lawsuit</a> against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to provide information about a multi-state oil pipeline project.</p><p>The Missouri Coalition for the Environment says the Corps unlawfully withheld documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:38:11 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 29230 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Environmental Group Sues Army Corps Over Pipeline Project Corps to study long-term uses of Missouri River water, hold public meetings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corps-study-long-term-uses-missouri-river-water-hold-public-meetings <p><em>Updated Tuesday, Aug. 21, to add comments from South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. Originally posted Aug. 20.</em></p><p>What does an oil and gas boom in North Dakota have to do with Missouri River reservoirs?</p><p>Hydrofracturing – the process that gets new wells up and running – takes lots of water.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:05:23 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4365 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corps to study long-term uses of Missouri River water, hold public meetings McCaskill continues fight to end oil subsidies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-continues-fight-end-oil-subsidies <p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is renewing her call to end tax breaks for major US oil companies. Speaking at a gas station in downtown St. Louis Wednesday, the Democrat said the subsidies have done nothing to reduce gas prices across the country.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I do not think that what we give them now has resulted in any break at the pump,&quot; McCaskill said. &quot;I think that is evidenced by the prices that we see around St. Louis and around Missouri in terms of gas prices.&quot;</p><p>A bill to end the subsidies failed in the Senate last week.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:36:01 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3430 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill continues fight to end oil subsidies Missouri governor backs plans for new oil pipeline http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-governor-backs-plans-new-oil-pipeline <p>Gov. Jay Nixon is<a href="http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2012/Gov_Nixon_voices_support_for_proposed_Flanagan_South_Pipeline_during_visit_to_Shelby_County"> endorsing plans</a> for new oil pipeline that would cut across Missouri.</p><p>Nixon said Tuesday that his administration would work to approve whatever permits are necessary for Enbridge (U.S.) Inc. to build a 600-mile pipeline from Flanagan, Ill., to Cushing, Okla. The company is in the early stages of the project but hopes to begin construction in the middle of next year.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:16:52 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 2976 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri governor backs plans for new oil pipeline Revolutionary oil skimmer nets $1 million X Prize http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/revolutionary-oil-skimmer-nets-1-million-x-prize A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of <a href="http://www.elastec.com">Elastec/American Marine</a>, based in Illinois. And the design won the company a rich award from the X Prize Foundation.<p>Oil is attracted to plastic. And water is not. That, in essence, is the basis of Elastec's new skimmer.<p>It's huge, about the size of a large U-Haul truck. And it looks something like a giant abacus. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:07:53 +0000 KRCU & Jacob McCleland 2279 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Revolutionary oil skimmer nets $1 million X Prize Illinois EPA holds public meetings in Roxana to discuss oil refinery contamination http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-epa-holds-public-meetings-roxana-discuss-oil-refinery-contamination <p>The Illinois EPA held public meetings in Roxana on Tuesday to discuss what Shell Oil is doing to address historic contamination from the Wood River Refinery.</p><p>A consultant for Shell has found high levels of cancer-causing benzene and other toxic petroleum products in Roxana&rsquo;s groundwater.</p><p>Chris Cahnovsky of the Illinois EPA says toxic, potentially explosive vapors have also been detected in the soils under several homes.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:52:56 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1472 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois EPA holds public meetings in Roxana to discuss oil refinery contamination McCaskill disappointed about blocked oil company tax break bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-disappointed-about-blocked-oil-company-tax-break-bill <p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed the U.S Senate blocked <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-bill-repealing-tax-breaks-oil-companies">a bill that would have repealed $2 billion per year in tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies</a>.<br /><br />Republicans and some Democrats opposed the tax increase for fear it would hurt domestic drilling while doing nothing to reduce gas prices.<br /> Wed, 18 May 2011 16:42:08 +0000 Julie Bierach 1259 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill disappointed about blocked oil company tax break bill McCaskill writes FTC, urges price fixing probe of U.S. oil refiners http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-writes-ftc-urges-price-fixing-probe-us-oil-refiners <p>Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has <a href="http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=1261">drafted a letter</a> to the Federal Trade Commission asking that an investigation be launched into recent allegations of price fixing of gasoline by U.S. oil refiners.</p><p>The letter, a release states, comes after a <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/14/2875367/oil-refiners-big-profits-help.html">report in the Kansas City Star</a> &quot;analyzed the ballooning profit margin by oil refiners in recent months.&quot;</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 16:58:56 +0000 Kelsey Proud 1251 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill writes FTC, urges price fixing probe of U.S. oil refiners McCaskill on bill repealing tax breaks for oil companies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-bill-repealing-tax-breaks-oil-companies <p>Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is co-sponsoring legislation that would end tax breaks for the five largest oil companies in the U.S.</p><p>The Democrat-backed measure would cut off Shell, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Philips, BP and Chevron from $2 billion per year in subsidies. McCaskill says the savings would go to pay off the country&rsquo;s spiraling deficit.</p> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:12:24 +0000 Bill Raack 1210 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill on bill repealing tax breaks for oil companies